Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

ChristopherRyan Cacilda Jethá / Aug 12, 2020
Sex at Dawn The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality Since Darwin s day we ve been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species Mainstream science as well as religious and cultural institutions has maintained that men and women evolved in f
  • Title: Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
  • Author: ChristopherRyan Cacilda Jethá
  • ISBN: 9780061707803
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Since Darwin s day, we ve been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species Mainstream science as well as religious and cultural institutions has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man s possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman s fertility and fidelity But this narrative is collapsing Fewer and fewer couples are gettiSince Darwin s day, we ve been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species Mainstream science as well as religious and cultural institutions has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man s possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman s fertility and fidelity But this narrative is collapsing Fewer and fewer couples are getting married, and divorce rates keep climbing as adultery and flagging libido drag down even seemingly solid marriages.How can reality be reconciled with the accepted narrative It can t be, according to renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jeth While debunking almost everything we know about sex, they offer a bold alternative explanation in this provocative and brilliant book.Ryan and Jeth s central contention is that human beings evolved in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and, often, sexual partners Weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality, the authors show how far from human nature monogamy really is Human beings everywhere and in every era have confronted the same familiar, intimate situations in surprisingly different ways The authors expose the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a optimistic future illuminated by our innate capacities for love, cooperation, and generosity.With intelligence, humor, and wonder, Ryan and Jeth show how our promiscuous past haunts our struggles over monogamy, sexual orientation, and family dynamics They explore why long term fidelity can be so difficult for so many why sexual passion tends to fade even as love deepens why many middle aged men risk everything for transient affairs with younger women why homosexuality persists in the face of standard evolutionary logic and what the human body reveals about the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality.In the tradition of the best historical and scientific writing, Sex at Dawn unapologetically upends unwarranted assumptions and unfounded conclusions while offering a revolutionary understanding of why we live and love as we do.
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    1. Well, I wrote the damned thing Can I give myself five stars Everybody thinks their baby is beautiful, right

    2. A popular science book for people who hate science, Sex at Dawn manages to combine weak arguments with a prose style of such overbearing condescension that I had to grit my teeth to get through it Everything is couched in terms of facile jokiness or, even worse, of coy euphemism, so that we have the ghastly prospect of a supposedly serious book about sexuality that can talk about a human female s naughty bits.The basic argument is that evolutionary psychologists, anthropologists and palaeontolog [...]

    3. Hey Hey, baby, baby, waitwaitwaitwait Wait Wait Baby, don t don t freak outOkay, okay, I know what this looks like, but I can explain Quiet, Chad, let me handle this I can explain I m just please, stop crying and listen I m just fulfilling my evolutionary heritage and helping to cement social bonds with um the pizza boy, but that snotthepoint That s not the point Look, before you do anything, y know, drastic,you just need to read this book.Humans are really good at figuring things out As far as [...]

    4. A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, I was an anthropology major at UCSC Although I wanted to specialize in physical anthropology, I did quite a bit of classwork in cultural One of the things that always fascinated me was fictitious kin The idea of creating a network of ties to promote sharing among small groups Church congregations and the scooby gang of Joss Whedon s Buffy are examples of this I found the author s description of several of these types of kinship networks based on common sexu [...]

    5. Fantastic This is one of those paradigm shifting books that pretty much changes your belief system Having read Robin Baker s Sperm Wars and absorbing its grim interpretation of human sexuality, this book, Sex at Dawn came as a pleasant and generally kick ass surprise.With abundance of humor and compelling narrative, the authors posit that human beings, like their primate cousins, originally engaged in multiple mating for most of their existence on earth before the advent of agriculture And multi [...]

    6. I loved this book, but to be honest I have nowhere near the education to be able to evaluate the validity of the arguments presented in the book I have seen grumblings here and there about the book, mostly from religious people who this book will understandably offend.One of the main messages of the book is that monogamy is not natural to either men or women.The authors are two researchers and psychologists, both married.Despite being academics and approaching a variety of very weighty subjects [...]

    7. I rarely stop reading books before I m done and I ve read a lot of pretty bad books as a result , but I think I will with this one The book has two serious problems first, it misrepresents or maybe misunderstands the standard model of human sexuality from ev biology Perhaps because they are so focused on the most extreme form of ev psych, they repeatedly oversimplify things, and then accuse various authors e.g Darwin of defending such oversimplified theories because of sexism Second, their posit [...]

    8. Overrated, mostly unfunny but overly glib, using the same bad logic he accuses the monogamy pushers of, this book which is basically shilling for open relationships vis a vis evolutionary psychology is intellectually dishonest AND irritating, which is quite a feat I can t believe Dan Savage pushed this crap There are better arguments for new takes on monogamy, open relationships, and polyamory out there we don t need to cloak them in bad, gender essentialist science.

    9. Look, the writers of this intensely popular book don t need my help, and certainly won t be bothered by my disapproval, so I offer my opinion here mostly in the interest of hearing myself talk This is a really well written book that does a great job of confronting titillating issues head on, with honesty and humor and giving us an unflinching look at our sexual history by which I really mean our primatological history a look at how we boinked in our pre agricultural past.From a primatology stand [...]

    10. I feel completely cheatedThis review is directed towards people who have already read Sex at Dawn, and to the authors But hopefully this will be of use to new readers as well.I ll start by saying that when I first read Sex at Dawn I was blown away This book completely changed my view of monogamy, sex, and relationships It sparked this new openness and acceptance in me, and I will say had a very positive impact on my relationship I thought here was the book that everyone NEEDS to read I recommen [...]

    11. This book makes one depressed about the human race from agriculture on However, it kind of awesomely doesn t make me feel like a slut, proving through science how our anatomy developed and how we, as humans, were made to have sex with many different people Sometimes all at once With chocolate sauce Kidding about the chocolate sauce.Really, the book goes over our closest relatives, and then discusses common beliefs about the human race, and proves or disproves some of those beliefs It s pretty fu [...]

    12. SEX AT DAWN PrefaceOK, I get the point of this The preface is trying to make the point that humans are primates, and subject to primate urges However, this is a DUMB story Seriously, author A monkey stealing peanuts you d meant to give to a different monkey makes you feel betrayed in a way you d never been before And inspires loathing for monkeys Plus, over the top anthropomorphization, and your telling me about putting on a primate display for the monkey makes me think you may be a little unbal [...]

    13. Interesting read and lots to think about.What I loved Less patriarchal approach to science sexuality evolution Chapters on bonobos so important Chapters on sexuality as a bonding tool.What I didn t love While the argument that culture can poison scientific fact is a valid and awesome one, to rest your entire book on it is problematic Who s to say that these hypothesis aren t subject to the same corruption Of course, that s never addressed I would be interested to hear whether these authors consi [...]

    14. My girlfriend and I had one of those gradual comings together where you re going along fine, life is good, and then you look up one day and wait hang on you re dating that person you thought you were just sleeping with For the record, some of us cough figured this out much sooner than others of us When it happens like that, it s hard to figure out what counts, if you care about that sort of thing anniversaries, firsts, all those markers of real relationshipness Luckily, neither of us cares wh [...]

    15. When Sex at Dawn first came out it received a bunch of ecstatic reviews, but I had my doubts It sounded like made up, tenuously supported evolutionary psychology BS that just happened to be to my and the reviewers liking than the standard evo psych sexuality stories My expectations were low.Turns out 85% of the book is focused explicitly on debunking and mocking evo psych theories Asking whether our species is naturally peaceful or warlike, generous or possessive, free loving or jealous, is li [...]

    16. Apologies if this is a bit slipshod than usual I think a lot of us are still feeling out of it on January 1st.An irreverent lampooning of the old puritanical misconceptions of outdated evolutionary psychology You may have heard some of these Women want power and money Men always want to sleep around The nuclear family is the only way to sustain wife Women have to be treated either as blushing delicate virgins or sluts Women only want alpha males , and men and women ONLY want no Evolutionary psy [...]

    17. A tragic disappointment of a book, Sex at Dawn attempts to sell pseudoscience as the real deal, and it fails The first 100 pages intrigued me because of how Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha blended evolutionary psychology, history, and mythology to discuss human sexual relationships But then they began to make illogical conclusions based on circumstantial and underdeveloped evidence They critique Richard Dawkins, Matt Ridley, and other reputable scientists, and they try to mold their straw man [...]

    18. Now, I agree with the fundamental point they were making here humans evolved to use sex socially and with many partners, not for monogamy but their use of science wasoddy, and high school level writing at best They at times oh hell, all the time dipped back into stereotype to support their claims and to justify their choices of topic I frequently found myself reading sections of this aloud to my roommates so we could rip it apart together and that was pretty fun They re depressingly normative, e [...]

    19. N i tr c lu n y kh ng ph i s ch d y ch ch N u t m s ch d y ch ch th Kamasutra l m t g i t t m c d kh ng ph i l t t nh t y qu l t c ph m g y b i r i nh t v i m nh cho n b y gi Ryan v Jeth v n l i l m t c p v ch ng a ra nh ng lu n i m l m b t k ai c ng nghi ng v t nh ng n c a quy nh m t v m t ch ng th nh v n v b t th nh v n trong x h i hi n i y c ph i l m t ch th c s khoa h c, l b c ti n h a t t y u c a lo i ng i v n minh v n l m t lo i linh tr ng, ch kh c l ph t tri n m c cao h n v u c hay l m t [...]

    20. A popularizer s polemic against evolutionary psychology vis a vis the doctrine and institution of monogamy The book is well hud, and the prose reads well The broad strokes of the argument are difficult to dispute, and I wouldn t want to dispute them Monogamy earned this ass kicking and it is an ass kicking, a true shellacking, considering the data marshalled in support, as well as the motion for summary judgment style of pointing out a lack of support for the opponent s essential allegations Tho [...]

    21. Phenomenal mind opening book about the true origins of our societies typical view of sex and monogamy Also delves into the topics of war and jealousy and if those are indeed innate traits of humans The facts show they are not As with many beliefs that are just mindlessly accepted by so many people this points out that many things are not what they seem And that we as a people need to have the courage and strength to think for ourselves and to continually question and learn for ourselves The book [...]

    22. This is a fascinating and well researched view into how humans became the highly sexual creatures we are today It flips the outdated and poorly proven Hobbes theory that we were brutish, impoverished, war torn prehistoric animals on its head Instead, it offers compelling evidence and astute observations that for 90% of our 2.5 million years on Earth, humans basically had enjoyable sex with each other all day multiple partners and ate nutritious food from the earth without war and without many wo [...]

    23. I heard Ryan interviewed on the podcast Sex Nerd Sandra , was intrigued by his novel ideas, and decided to pick up the book The overarching argument is that men and women were not historically monogamous the way society and many scientists claim They back up this with physical and behavioral evidence from our close cousins, the chimp and bonobo, and from the information we have about prehistoric human societies and existing hunter gatherers The authors are also somewhat avowed neo Rousseauns in [...]

    24. Books on sex are a dime a dozen these days From tomes on how to create a spiritual union or bring spice to your marriage through the cunning use of super glue, paperclips, and a rubber band the well named MacGuyver technique to how to give your lover earth shattering orgasms through locating some mythical pressure point, this genre has risen to be one of the pillars of the self help section of a bookstore It s gotten so that this subgenre receives even less respect and deservedly so than the H [...]

    25. From the very start, the authors set the stage of this standard and wrong view of human sexual evolution and sexuality and their radical alternative Unfortunately, although they manage to refute some commonly held misconceptions, none of these startling revalations seem like they would be a surprise to anyone in the fields of primatology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, evolutionary psychology, etc They also do very little to present a positive argument although to be quite honest by the las [...]

    26. It was difficult to take this book as seriously because of the snarky little tone this book has which honestly needn t be there I realize this is coming from someone who already thinks of science as fascinating and doesn t need the lighter tone to keep things interesting but honestly, this book has too much attitude It lacks a level of professionalism that, if I m going to read an informative book about the science of sex, needs.Part of why I bring this is up is also because the only other book [...]

    27. Honestly, this is such a great book In my personal opinion, this is a book everybody should read It s a really great eye opener in regards to human nature that counteracts the general tendency of people in America to idealize relationships and monogamy in what can be seen as a relatively unnatural way I do realize that as human beings we are not only potentially logical beings with the ability to reason but also very emotional ones as well and that what we happen to know factually or scientifica [...]

    28. This book is not an attack on monogamy It is a well researched and well written exploration of how modern sexuality has evolved This is a must read for anyone in a relationship or would one day like to be in a relationship The premise is simple We have been socialized to believe that when you love someone monogomy should come naturally and easily However, the facts bear out a different reality I have seen statistics that indicate 80% of married men report cheating on their wives and 50% of marri [...]

    29. Agriculture, am I right I think this was a paradigm shifter for me While the book ostensibly sets out to prove that we are not meant to be monogamous like gibbons the only primates to live in nuclear family structures but rather live in smallish groups like bonobos and I think it presents its case very well , the real meat of the book for me was how far we ve fallen from the original Eden as foragers The Fall, as such, was the turn to agriculture God himself says it was a curse Before then, fier [...]

    30. Of course the premise of this book will be controversial, as it questions many religious systems and the values of many non religious people as well It asks us to re think aspects of culture that we have all unquestioningly accepted one of which is a huge basis of literary works, movies and the concept of the One True Love and the related concepts of jealousy and fidelity But even if you don t agree with all of the authors assertions, this book has what is, for me, an optimistic view of the pos [...]

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